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Kabul: kamikaze car bomb kills at least 7 people

Attack after the agreement of the release of two western hostages

Today the explosion of a car bomb in Kabul has caused at least seven deaths and about ten wounded. The attack came the day after the announcement  by the Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghan about the release of three Taliban prisoners in exchange for two Australian and American hostages. The bomb was destined to hit government vehicles in a neighborhood near the Interior Ministry. Department spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said: "the terrorist act took place during the rush hour at north of Kabul airport. The victims are all civilians".

According to initial information it would appear that it was a kamikaze action by car. There has been no claim of responsibility yet, but ISIS is quite active in Kabul.

Ghani hoped the decision would help initiate talks between his government and the Taliban.

The western hostages are the American Kevin King and the Australian Timothy Weeks, both professors who taught at the American University of the Afghan city. They were abducted in August 2016. In the last year the United States and the fundamentalists had begun a confrontation for the start of an agreement aimed at the withdrawal of Washington troops, but President Donald Trump abruptly interrupted the negotiations in September due to of acts of violence by the Taliban.

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